Vocational courses

Vocational courses

Vocational courses are directly related to an area of employment or a future occupation that you might be interested in pursuing. As well as learning the theory related to the subject area, you will have the opportunity to apply that theory in a more practical context and will undertake work experience or placements as part of your course. Assessment is largely by coursework at the end of each module, rather than the A level examination system. Vocational courses are available at various levels depending upon your GCSE results and plans for future study or employment.

Level 3 Diplomas are a great option for you if you have done well at GCSE but now wish to move on to a course directly related to your career plans. They offer you the chance to spend most of your time in College on a course related to working in the industry of your choice; they are recognised qualifications for university entry and will enable you to develop the skills and gain experience that will impress potential employers in your chosen field.

You can either choose a Level 3 Extended Diploma, which is a full-time, two year course equivalent to three A levels or, if you are also interested in pursuing an A level course in another subject alongside your vocational programme, you can choose a Level 3 Diploma, which is equivalent to two A levels.

Level 2 Diplomas allow you to focus on the career area of your choice and develop the knowledge and skills that employers will be looking for. You will have the chance to choose a course that fits in with the strengths you have developed at school and with your future plans, and you can also re-take GCSEs at the same time if you need to. Courses usually last for one year, and you will undertake work experience to equip you with the skills needed to progress onto a Level 3 course, or enter directly into an Apprenticeship or employment.

 

You will usually attend at least 12 sessions a week in class and you will need to spend plenty of time on study at home or in the Learning Resources Centre. Lessons will be a mixture of discussion, lectures, group and individual research, and practical activities.

Vocational Courses

How to apply for Sixth Form courses

Apply online

If you would prefer, you can complete an application form and post it to:

Student Admissions
Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7ZE

For further information contact enquiries@brock.ac.uk or 01590 625555

Important:

  • Add your Personal Statement into the application, we do require this.
  • Take care to enter your email address correctly as we’ll be using this as our primary method of contact.
  • You can return to your account any time to amend or add information before submitting your application.
  • Don’t forget to tell us about the subjects you’re currently studying including predicted or gained exam grades
  • Once you submit your application we’ll contact you (and your parent/guardian if you are under 18) to arrange an interview to discuss your options.

Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements & course structure

To succeed on a Level 3 Diploma you will need to achieve four grades A*-C at GCSE. Requirements vary from course to course so you will need to check the individual course descriptions on our website, speak to a member of staff at an Open Evening or contact the Admissions department.

Level 3 Diplomas usually involve at least 12 sessions a week in class and you will need to spend plenty of time on study at home or in the Learning Resources Centre. Lessons will be a mixture of discussion, lectures, group and individual research, and practical activities.

Your course will be varied and you will experience a range of different teaching and learning styles, which incorporate both theoretical and practical elements. You will get to know your teachers and your fellow students well and feeling part of a team is a common experience for vocational students.

Some Level 3 Diplomas, for instance BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, can also be combined with an A level course.

Assessment

Vocational courses are usually assessed through assignment work rather than exams. This means you will have an idea of your grades as you work through the course, and will have an opportunity to re-submit any coursework that might require additional development in order to achieve a better grade.

Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements & course structure

Courses usually last for one year and you will need a number of GCSE passes at grade D or above to qualify.

Most Level 2 Diploma courses are made up of specific units and are assessed entirely through coursework. This means that you will have a good idea of how well you are doing as you go through the course and get some opportunity to re-submit any work that might not reach pass standard.

Your timetable allows the opportunity to add GCSE re-takes if you need to, usually in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, to widen your options. If you have already achieved C grades in these core GCSE subjects, a number of other GCSE subjects are available to complete your programme.

Business Administration, Construction and Hospitality areas offer vocational training courses to develop skills for particular jobs. Courses take place in real working environments in the College. If you opt for one of these courses you will be completing an NVQ award, a qualification widely accepted by employers.

Assessment

Level 2 Diploma courses are usually assessed through practical assignment work rather than exams. This means you will have an idea of your grades as you work through the course, and will have an opportunity to re-submit any coursework that might require additional development in order to improve on your grade.

Contact

enquiries@brock.ac.uk

01590 625555